The festival is delighted to open again with a Singapore film, Tan Bee Thiam’s debut feature, Tiong Bahru Social Club, a comedy about a micro-managed housing community. Fittingly, in a year when we’ve all had to confront our relationships with our home, our society and ourselves, it’s an amusing take on the way we live.

SGIFF also presents a specially commissioned short film: Shoki Lin’s Newborn, which is in a similar vein to his Adam, last year’s Best Singapore Short Film winner. Together, these two Singapore productions usher in this year’s festival programme, and highlight a greater focus on local stories that we hope will bring audiences closer together.

Southeast Asian Premiere

Southeast Asian Premiere

Q&A with filmmaker(s)

Singapore | 2020 | 88min | NC16
26 Nov, Thu | 7pm, 8pm

Wes Anderson meets Black Mirror in this light-hearted satirical comedy that questions the construct of happiness in Singapore.

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World Premiere

World Premiere

Singapore | 2020 | 12min | PG13
26 Nov, Thu | 7pm, 8pm
Will be screened before Tiong Bahru Social Club

A teenager struggles to care for her newborn in the wake of her mother’s disappearance.